Opinion: Good riddance to Harry Reid, one of Washington’s worst

Today is one of the best days in Washington in a long time, because it is the first full day in 34 years in which Harry Reid is not a member of Congress.

Photo by Alex Wong / Getty Images

Photo by Alex Wong / Getty Image

I try not to indulge in exaggeration or personal attacks on individuals. But Reid is unquestionably one of the worst “leaders” this country has had over the past third of a century, and he is personally responsible for much of the divisiveness, nastiness, dysfunction and truth-divorcing we have seen from Washington during this time.

Don’t believe me? Consider this partial list of “accomplishments” for Reid:

  • His evidence-free attacks on both Mitt Romney and the Koch brothers as tax cheats lowered the bar for honesty and civil discourse well before the 2016 campaign began. He was either (most likely) lying or (less likely) disclosing confidential taxpayer information. Either would be despicable.
  • What’s more, his constant harping on the Koch brothers as “un-American” election-buyers and basically the root of all evil in politics set yet another example for those who favor what another Democrat once called “the politics of personal destruction” over actual arguments.
  • As Senate majority leader he took a sledgehammer to the Senate legislative process, by eschewing regular order for appropriations bills to ensure a permanent state of temporary budgets, denying the minority party the chance to amend bills through a maneuver known as “filling the tree,” and simply refusing to act on bills passed by the GOP-led House. This has directly contributed to the government shutdowns (and near-shutdowns) of recent years, even if Republicans tend to receive most of the blame. All that is on top of his pulling the “nuclear option” on the filibuster regarding presidential appointments (minus the Supreme Court), a move his fellow Democrats have come to regret now that a Republican is entering the White House.
  • When citizens began experiencing the pitfalls of Obamacare, Reid did not apologize for ramming the bill through the Senate over GOP concerns about some of those very flaws (through a budgeting process known as reconciliation, another inventive use of Senate rules that Democrats are going to rue very, very soon). He called those citizens liars.
  • Among the others Reid branded as liars because they disagreed with him: David Petraeus for saying the “surge” in Iraq was working (it was); and President George W. Bush and Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner William Magwood for supporting the storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

I could go on, but you ought to get the point by now.

Politics still ain’t beanbag, and never will be, but neither is it supposed to be all scorched earth, all the time. Harry Reid engaged in politics as, to flip the Clausewitz aphorism around, war by other means. He won’t be missed.

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breckenridge
breckenridge

Some of us believe that no Mexicans should be in this country, it is why God created Mexico, so that the Mexicans would have a place to hang out and vote for whoever in the hell they wanted to.

God created Mexico?

ROFLOL!!!!!!!

ROFLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ROFLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

EdGraham
EdGraham

Unfortunately, he's been replaced by Chuck Schumer, who is far worse.

Pete888
Pete888

@EdGraham Schumer may be worse for the country, but nobody was ever worse for Nevada than Harry Reid.

mgunter
mgunter

Where were all th Dems when Reid was carrying out all of dastardly deeds? Th Nuclear Option he deployed is gona bite th Left in th buttocks. He, along with Obama and Queen NANCY thought they were invincible. Obamacare pushed through with all th back room deals and not a single Republican vote. Obama with all the executive orders. Gona be fun watching it all dismantled!

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

Dismantled in how many years? Two? Five? Ten? Twenty? Hell, 100 perhaps?

You dumb deplorable were duped into thinking that Trump would "dismantle" Obamacare with the stroke of his China-bought pen.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Oh well quarterbrains and lame brains are all we have here this evening. No real competition. Y'all have a great evening and libs quit whining now, it will only be getting much worse for you.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

So, Eric Holder, will represent California in their quest to secede from the U.S. and become part of Mexico. Hope they take Hollywood with them.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Washington (CNN) ISIS' march across Iraq and Syria -- a campaign that's forced President Barack Obama to return small numbers of US troops to the region, even after touting an end to the decade-long ground offensives there -- came as a surprise to US intelligence, the President told CNN in a new special report.


(-;


MAGA #45


LOCK HER UP!

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

What a tiny, insecure man you must be, so scared of and intimidated by a little woman who stands all of 5-foot-3. So sad.

TomGaff
TomGaff

@TruthReallyHurts I agree, leave Hillary alone! Hillary and her very SPECIAL friend Huma Abedin Weiner have rode off into the sunset together? Huma is about 30 yrs younger than Hillary but I guess that is just the way the Clintons roll?

quaterhorselady
quaterhorselady

WHY does that orange fool, DOUBT our intelligence departments and PRAISE the KGB thug in Russia??  Why?  How much in debt to Putin is his Puppet?  And when will we know?  

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@quaterhorselady remember the " WMD " claim that all the US Intelligence put out and that Bush went by, you Liberals gave them hell back them what's different now?

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

Nonsense. Not all intelligence agencies agreed. Bush manipulated the intelligence that fit his narrative and ignored the rest. Not smart, but then again, what would you expect from a neo con. Try again, tiny-brained deplorable.

TomGaff
TomGaff

@TruthReallyHurts So you do not think it is possible for OBama's cronies to manipulated the narrative that fits them?

Terri Satterfield
Terri Satterfield

Thetruthhurts aka Libby liberal...as did Obama and company. Take off your blinders and you will concur thetruthhurts.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

It's official: Latinos now outnumber whites in California


Yes, this would be the state that gave hillary the win in the popular vote. Some of us believe that no Mexicans should be in this country, it is why God created Mexico, so that the Mexicans would have a place to hang out and vote for whoever in the hell they wanted to. And we, people of the United States, could decide our own leaders. But, with that being said, I concede that hillary does have a mandate in kalifornia.


Elsewhere? No at all.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

We'll probably hear this insipid meme that Hillary, won 3M more popular votes than did Trump, for at least four more years maybe even eight more. Whining is what far-left Democrats do best.

bu22
bu22

Don't forget he (with Pelosi) arranged for the first time in the history of our Republic not to pass a budget.  There was never a budget while he led the Senate.

Rtrox
Rtrox

I find it very funny that the liberals are still whining about the popular vote that Hillary won.People,read my lips! America elects presidents by the ELECTORAL COLLEGE SYSTEM,has for every election since the constitution was written.Guess what?That is never going to change,NEVER!!!!! I,as a conservative accepted Obama's victory in 2008,didn't like it,but I accepted it.Grow up and do the same,you may find life a little less dramatic.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@Rtrox I find it very funny – but not surprising - that people like you do not understand the issue. It is not about who won the election – Trump did. What the issue is that the system, by which he won, is undemocratic and discriminatory, and that the popular vote results show the preference of the voters regarding the Chief Executive.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Rtrox  But they love the drama. It's what holds the rank and file left together otherwise they would have been in the trash heap of history long ago.

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

@SGTGrit @MarkVV @Rtrox  The fact that House Dems re-upped the dried out fossil Pelosi as their leader clearly demonstrates that they don't get it.

They are on the proverbial treadmill to oblivion.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@MarkVV FYI, in case you missed the Clinton campaign program, it was ALL aimed at using the electoral collage system to put her in office, she and her handlers just blew it, go soak your head and lean on your whiners " Crutch "

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit @MarkVV @Rtrox I mam fed up, with the idiocy about "six or seven states." What even a child should understand is that in the popular vote count, it is not states that are counted, but citizens of the United States. And the stupidity of "We're a Republic not a direct democracy" is another one. Nobody claims that we are a direct democracy, which, incidentally, does not exists anywhere in the world, while there are many Republics.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@MarkVV @SGTGrit @Rtrox  Well child the states are counted in our republic. BTW...do you understand the difference between a republic and a direct democracy? It seems you're a bit hazy on the differentiation.

Dis custed
Dis custed

@MarkVV Children should go back and study our constitution. You seem clueless.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@SGTGrit @MarkVV @Rtrox When someone - like you  - babbles one idiocy after another, it shows that he lacks the basic mental capacity to understand even the most basic issues. So keep babbling about direct democracy and a republic, which you have read somewhere and never began to understand. I am sorry for you.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@MarkVV @Rtrox  Yes, the preference of the United six or seven states. Sorry, but the United States of America, all 50 see things differently. We're a Republic not a direct democracy. Time for you and the other butt sore Democrats to get over it and quit your pathetic whining.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@MarkVV @Dis custed It has been said that when a person loses an intellectual argument, they are only left with shouting and name calling. How about you?

OH:IO
OH:IO

F Harry Reid


Scum of the lowest form


Jumps up to touch bottom


If I met him, I would spit in his face.



quaterhorselady
quaterhorselady

@OH:IO You've just described the twitter twit, for whom  the majority of women who didn't vote.  We women are on the march against the vulgar creep going into the White House.  

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

@Ohio: Given the lack of accuracy shown by your quarterback, you'd probably miss him with your spit bomb. LOL 31-0 in a playoff game?! Not a surprise though. Your best player on offense is from Brooklyn. News flash: this is football, not basketball!

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

No doubt Reid has been everything and more that Kyle, has pointed out but Chuckie Schumer, is likely to even be worse. Republicans will need to unfortunately, employ many of the methods of the Harry Reid Democrats to get our country back on track.

DerekGator
DerekGator

Perfect example of why we need term limits. 

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Yes, congratulations to hillary for killing it in Mexifornia when the presidential race was being run in America. Isn't she just the smartest?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@AndyManUSA#45 She did get 3 million more votes.


And the Dems picked up seats in House and Senate.


Mandate------NOT !!!

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Hedley_Lammar @AndyManUSA#45  Sorry, but the Republicans, thanks to Obama and his incompetent administration now control both chambers of congress, a significant majority of governorships and state houses than the Democrats along with soon the executive branch. A mandate? You can bet on it.

MarkVV
MarkVV

@jackiethedog @Hedley_Lammar @AndyManUSA#45 That is the most stupid argument against the popular vote I have heard lately. There is absolutely no comparison with the yards in a football game. The popular vote in the presidential election is the expression of the voters whom they would want to be the President, period. 

jackiethedog
jackiethedog

@Hedley_Lammar @AndyManUSA#45 Hedley - Why do you keep harping on this 3M more votes crap.  It is irrelevant.  It's like saying that your football team gained more yards.  SO WHAT?  Give it up already.  Hitlery lost.  The Dumbocrats lost.  And most importantly, you lost.  So, shut up and go away.

Therut
Therut

Hedley, I would take you serious but I know you are not that dumb. Just like to start some sheet.